My Bible plan has me in 1 Samuel right now. As I was reading through the anointing of Saul, I was struck by this thought… it was not God’s plan to have a king. It was the people that wanted one.
1 Sam 8:5, “Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
Immediately Samuel was displeased, but as he prayed, the Lord said, “obey the voice of the people… they have rejected me from being kind over them.” (v 7) The people didn’t want what was best for them, but decided they knew better than God. They settled for second best.
How often do I make unwise decisions because of my own desires or stubbornness? How often do I settle for second best (or even worse!) because of those decisions?
Often, I hear people say that they are going to “walk through this open door” and if God wants to close it, He will. (I must admit that I have been guilty in the past of doing this!) However, maybe I was the one who opened the door and God is going to allow it because of my selfishness!
The people of Israel knew what God had accomplished. They knew their history. Yet, still, they desired something “more” in a physical king.
I should seek to know God so that I can make decisions based on what He desires. I need to spend time reading His Word, praying to hear His voice, and seeking Him, so that I can be in a position to accept the First Best!